I just finished reading Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell. I really resonated with this book. Here is a passage from the final pages that really sums it up.
A converted church will cause the mountains to tremble.
A group of people taking the bread and the cup, asking, “What now, Jesus?” — the stars sing when that happens.
When the church gets saved, the queen of Sheba will be there in moments.
Jesus wants to save us from making the good news about another world and not this one.
Jesus wants to save us from preaching a gospel that is only about individuals and not about the systems that enslave them.
Jesus wants to save us from shrinking the gospel down to a transaction about the removal of sin and not about every single particle of creation being reconciled to its maker.
Jesus wants to save us from religiously sanctioned despair, the kind that doesn’t believe the world can be made better, the kind that either blatantly or subtly teaches people to just be quiet and behave and wait for something big to happen “someday.”
[in regard to the act of communion…] Maybe that’s what he means when he says, “Do this in remembrance of me.” The “do this” part is our lives. Opening ourselves up to the mystery of resurrection, open for the liberation of others, allowing our bodies to be broken and our blood to be poured, discovering our Eucharist. listening. And going.